Senator Jim Inhofe criticized President Obama's visit to Oklahoma on Thursday.
In the statement, Inhofe welcomed President Obama to the state but called the visit 'disingenuous.'
“I welcome President Obama to my home state, but his visit is disingenuous on a number of levels,” said Inhofe. “His trip, focused on jobs and energy, began and ended in Oklahoma at Tinker Air Force Base. Just weeks ago, his own defense budget cuts that are gutting our military resulted in cutting over 1,000 jobs at Tinker and in Oklahoma City.
He and his administration have waged a war on fossil fuels, so to travel to Cushing and claim otherwise is just more disingenuous rhetoric in a campaign year. He knows that gas prices are a problem for his re-election. No one in Oklahoma is buying his spin.
President Obama is the one who told us that fossil fuels will bring the world to an end; that under his plan of a cap-and-trade system energy prices would ‘necessarily skyrocket’; and that companies like Solyndra were leading the way to a ‘brighter and more prosperous future.’ His budgets have sought to penalize fossil fuel companies to pay for massive deficits he has raised.
He blocked the Keystone Pipeline, prevented energy exploration on federal lands, and attempted to regulate fossil fuels to death. He has the most aggressive anti-fossil fuel agenda in history. During his trip today, he pretended to support the virtues of oil and gas, but we all know what he is really doing. The only job this trip was meant to save is his own."